Flying Eagles return to Nigeria after Egypt tour

Flying Eagles
Flying Eagles

The Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, are expected back in the country today (Thursday) after their two-game playing tour in Egypt.

The Head Coach of the team, Paul Aigbogun, has declared that the objectives of his Nigeria U20 boys’ two-match tour of Egypt have been met.

Despite the Flying Eagles losing narrowly 1-2 to their Egyptian counterparts in the second match in Alexandria on Wednesday, Aigbogun says he remains pleased.

Both Nigeria and Egypt U20s had played out a scoreless draw at the same Borg El-Arab Stadium in Egypt’s second city on Monday before Wednesday’s tie.

“In friendly matches, it is not the result that matters. We drew our first leg and lost the second 1-2 but I am very happy that not only have we come away with vital lessons, our objectives for the tour have been met.

“We came here to look at the boys we have put together and that we are working with, and to see if we are on the right path. On the evidence of performance by the boys from the two matches, I believe we are. We also came here to see how they would cope in game situations, and we were not disappointed.”

Aigbogun contended that his boys were encouraging in their output as well as on-field and off-field discipline, and that “losing narrowly against an Egyptian U20 side that had been in camp for upwards of one year was not a bad performance but a message to work harder.”

AFC Bournemouth of England ace Nathan Nnamdi Ofoborh, invited by Aigbogun to come and show his stuff after he opted to represent Nigeria and not England, played his first match for Nigeria in Wednesday’s encounter.

The Flying Eagles who are seven-time African champions will play the winner of Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau preliminary fixture in the first round of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers in May.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini

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